DIY No Slip Hangers

It’s currently day 3 of being snowed in and I finally got around to doing the laundry I had been avoiding for weeks. It was a total of about

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…and the sleeves, and most of the front, etc…

6 loads, and I stuff my loads pretty full so… I’ve been wearing some creative outfits. Anyhoo! Everything about laundry is terrible, but maybe the most terrible is putting everything away afterwards. Especially if you’re like me and almost everything you own is scoop neck. ESPECIALLY if you’re REALLY like me and you obsessively cut the necks out of all of your shirts. It’s more comfortable! In my personal opinion, you should cut the necks out of all of your clothes.

“BUT KAILA, I have a hard enough time as it is getting my clothes to stay on my slippery plastic hangers…!!”

I hear you, readers. And that’s why I gave up about two minutes into putting away my laundry. I flailed around for longer than acceptable, lamenting on how I couldn’t afford to go buy new no slip hangers, not to mention the fact that my car is currently under two feet of snow. It suddenly occurred to me that there could be a way to modify my current hangers… and that that way must certainly already exist on Pinterest. AND I WAS RIGHT. But most of the pins were just photos without commentary. So here I am to fill that void.

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DIY No Slip Hangers

Materials:
– Plastic hangers
– Hot glue gun
– Scissors
– Old t-shirt (that still has a neck)

Now most of the pins I saw involved only a glue gun. But I also saw some interesting ones involving pipe cleaners and rubber bands. Rubber bands are gross so forget that. I have pipe cleaners… in my classroom so I modified that idea and 20160124_163737_HDRused cloth instead.

DIY No Slip Hangers With Cloth:

Step 1) Cut the neck of the t-shirt out. If you’ve never done this before, try being just a little more punk rock. Or, cut just below the seam, where the ribbed neck meets the smooth part of the fabric.

Step 2) Cut the bottom of the neck piece, so that you have a folded piece of the ribbed fabric LIKE SO:
20160124_161517_HDRStep 3) Cut into strips. As you can see in the photo, I tried this in four different sizes. If you have a lot of fabric to work with, I suggest doing the longest strip (about 4 inches), that way, all your different necklines will touch the fabric on the hanger.

Step 4) Put a strip of hot gun on top of the hanger, about four inches in from the side. Press the fabric onto the glue. Repeat on the other side.

Step 5) Glue the over-hang of the fabric together (this step is just for cosmetic purposez)

DIY No Slip Hangers With Just Hot Glue

Step 1) Grip the plastic hanger by the hook.

Step 2) “Paint” the hot glue down the length of the top of the hanger. Pinterest had two different styles of hot glue: dots and zig-zag. I ended up preferring the zig-zag because the dots made a lot of stringy hot glue mess, and once you got the hang of the zigging, it was actually quite quick and easy.
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Trying Them Out

Another thing missing from Pinterest was any mention of how well these DIY hangers worked. So I picked out six of my slipperiest t-shirts and tried them out.

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Are you surprised there’s a white t-shirt in there?

They passed the first test: they didn’t fall off the hangers when I lifted them from from the bed.

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Then, like any good scientist, I recreated the conditions of the normal wear and tear of my hangers by putting them up and rigorously pushing everything around. They worked! I was so impressed that I made about one billion more. Hope Michael doesn’t mind that eventually all of our hangers are going to end up covered in hot glue goop.

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Next time: Kaila wastes more and more time on weird DIY crafts in order to save a measly few bucks because her life has no meaning

 

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Snowzilla Fever: A Rope of Sand

This post is dedicated to Laura Kim, in memory of Snowmaggeden 2010: AKA that time we spent 18 hours on a gossip blog’s Star Trek-themed livejournal community. 

I meant to start writing this as soon as the snow started falling BUT the devil on my shoulder (Gins) invited me out for one last night of civilization before the storm. At first I couldn’t imagine leaving the comfort of my box of wine and the latest season of American Horror Story. But then, Michael went to bed to sleep off the last of his cold and I realized that I had about 72 hours of house arrest before me, and only about 6 hours of AHS left. So the angel on my shoulder (also Gins) convinced me to frolic outside while I still could.

Another budget-busting night later (goddammit Jonas!! Couldn’t you have michaelmesnowwaited until February??) I ended up sleeping until 3:30pm and missing the beginning of the snow completely. I will sum up the rest of my Friday, quickly, as I was only awake for about 7 hours of it.

First, Michael informed me that he had been up since a reasonable hour and felt much better. So we decided to go on a walk through downtown.

Next, I made some really delicious spaghetti squash with vodka sauce IT WAS maybe the greatest thing I have ever accomplished.

Then I watched American Horror Story for about 4 hours THAT’S IT. So now I can start live-blogging, like I always intended.

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016.

8:34am: I woke to a neighbor digging his car out of the snow. Michael and I watched him for a long time, just waiting for him to give up. He never did! He even drove somewhere and came back, incredible.

11:17am: I have twenty minutes of American Horror Story: Hotel left and I am devastated. Why is there only 12 episodes in this season? I would LITERALLY watch Iris and Liz Taylor just hanging out, doing nothing for hours in order for this season to never end.

The costumes and sets are awesome this season BUT CAN WE TALK ABOUT EVERYBODY’S MAKEUP?

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I just couldn’t keep watching this parade of glitter while I sat in nothing but sweaters and

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Guess who my biggest inspiration was (it was Sally)

chapped lips so I stopped and did my makeup with NO intention of leaving the house during the next 36 hours.

Everyone has amazing nails in AHSH too. I think my next snowtivity will be doing my nails but it will NOT be very satisfying because my nails are brittle and stubby and everyone in this show has gorgeously long and fake talons and my natural nails just cannot compete. And as much as I’m positive that the CVS down the street is open, I have already destroyed my fun budget for the month, and failing at my budget completely because of a set of fake nails seems a little sad (just a little)

12:18am: Michael and I got into a conversation about the albums that meant the most to us during our teenage years and I think to an outside observer they will seem like the exact same albums BUT I assure you they are completely, sort of, kind of, different.

Michael’s is American Idiot by Green Day and mine is a toss-up between In Love and Death by The Used and Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge by My Chemical Romance.

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Oh god, they even have the same color scheme

I have NO shame about this. And I don’t think Michael does either. 2004 was an amazing time to have FEELINGS. Our conversation revealed what I think we already knew about our respective taste in music: Michael is a concept-album kind of guy and I’m an emotional dumping ground kind of lady (TO WIT: Michael’s favorite MCR album is The Black Parade! And that is my least favorite! HOW ARE WE TOGETHER). This conversation led me to save the last twenty minutes of AHS and listen to In Love and Death over and over while reading about it online. It’s still great. Is it melodramatic to say I feel more connected to this album than ever? Probably. But, what I am supposed to do when my strongest interest in music occurred during the mid-2000’s?! THIS STUFF IS LEGIT, GUYS.

1:29pm: I’m done with AHS:H and now my life lacks purpose. Please leave suggestions for what to watch in the comments. Until then, it’s back to Hoarders FOR MEE